21 February 2014 #Employment
The ACAS early conciliation (EC) procedures for tribunal claims will come into force on 6 April 2014.
Transitional provisions cover the period between 6 April and 5 May 2014 during which EC will be available to prospective claimants. EC will be mandatory for claims presented on or after 6 May 2014.
Other points to notes are that following some changes to the draft rules, as an alternative to submitting a completed EC form online or by post, prospective claimants will be able to telephone ACAS who will then fill in the form. It will not be possible to deliver an EC form by hand. The mandatory required information, omission of which risks rejection of the EC form, is now limited to the name and address of both the prospective claimant and respondent.
Tijana Bencedic, University of South Wales